The way a nose could affect pregnancy: severe and recurrent epistaxis

Pan Afr Med J. 2019 Sep 24:34:49. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2019.34.49.19558. eCollection 2019.


Massive and severe epistaxis is an uncommon event in pregnancy. It could be life threatening and could affect the normal pregnancy course. The best management is still on debate; it could be medical, conservative or surgical. Pregnancy termination often is problem solving. Hormonal changes during pregnancy affects nasal physiology. Vaginal delivery, labour induction or cesarean section are all suitable, after hemodynamic stabilization of pregnant woman. We report a case and review the available literature.

Keywords: Epistaxis; anaemia; pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Epistaxis / complications*
  • Epistaxis / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nose / pathology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / pathology*
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy
  • Recurrence
  • Severity of Illness Index